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01 January 2022
William R.  Morledge

January's Nitelife News
Bangkok's Bars - 20 Years Ago  
A Smile in the Land of Smiles.
Reader's Corner: 'Omigod - Omicron'
Traces - The Odd Mix - 1965
Bangkok's Graffiti Update  - #186
            As of mid-December, the most urgent consideration on the minds of those in the Night Entertainment / Hotel / Tourism industry has been the Omicron Variant of the Coronavirus-19.   At that juncture, on hearing the word, 'Omicron', the Powers-That-Be in Thailand jumped on the Global Panic-Wagon and began re-implementing the tightening-down on travel and entertainment.   (...cont'd below)
      Once Thailand's and the world's most notorious Night Entertainment Area, Patpong Road has, belatedly, begun to reopen.   With a large percentage of the Nitespots permanently closed, and the potential for additional closures due to the Omicron variant of the Coronavirus, Patpong Road, and the Night Entertainment Industry in general, is in peril of collapse.

         The first to go in the Government's current wave of Corona-phobic hysteria was the cancellation of the Test-And-Go concession for arriving tourists.   (Test-And-Go was a procedure where arriving tourists would test once for Covid-19, and proceed directly to their destination on receiving a negative Covid test result.)   Today, the previous quarantine period has been re-implemented.   Next was a clamp-down on those restaurants which functioned as 'Bar-Restaurants' (previously, the Government had allowed those Venues with restaurant licenses to resume selling alcoholic beverages.   The 'unintended consequence' - at least in the Government's eyes, was -many Venues had restaurant licenses and bar licenses for their establishment, and took advantage of the restaurant license to resume the serving of alcohol in both functional areas; restaurant and bar).

         Many in the Entertainment / Hotel / Restaurant business have questioned the wisdom of both of these Government measures - and for seemingly solid reasons.   First, there is no statistical evidence that either Test-And-Go or the reopening of Bar-Restaurants (inclusive of Pubs) were the cause of the very limited surge in new, mostly Omicron cases - not to mention the lack of severity of those cases, and that the number of deaths due to Coronavirus (of all strains) has continued to drop.   The second reason for questioning the Government's actions is -duh- it is hurting their businesses, and therefore the Nation's economy - for no statistically measurable reason.

            The guidelines for activities within the Kingdom as promulgated on 27 October - and put into effect on 01 November, remain unchanged in the New Year, and are republished below, again this month :
      Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation (CCSA) has decided to ease lockdown restrictions further by lifting the night-time curfew and the ban on serving alcoholic drinks in restaurants in Bangkok and some other provinces, effective November 1st.

      The CCSA has also significantly reduced the number of the provinces in the “maximum and strict controlled areas” or the so-called “dark red” zone. The change includes Bangkok from November 1st, which coincides with the reopening of Thai borders to foreign arrivals.

      Only in the new “dark red” zone, which now includes Chanthaburi, Tak, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Narathiwat, Pattani, Yala and Songkhla, where COVID-19 infections are still surging, the curfew from 11 pm to 3 am will remain in place, as the restriction has been lifted in Thailand’s remaining 70 provinces.

      In this new “dark red” zone, half of state employees are required to work from home, while any gatherings of more than 50 people are prohibited.   Sports venues can open until 10 pm, with no more than 25% of spectators allowed.   Malls, markets and supermarkets can also open until 10pm.

      According to the CCSA, Bangkok, Krabi, Phang-Nga and Phuket are the only provinces where alcoholic drinks may be served in eateries.   Exception: A one-time New Year's Eve dispensation was made for drinking alcoholic beverages during the late night celebrations.

      In provinces categorized as “under watch”, and in tourism “sandbox” provinces, most restrictions have been lifted.   Businesses, entertainment, recreational activities and schools can resume as normal.

      No pubs and bars in Thailand can reopen at this time.

(Note from us:   The above is valid 'until further notice'.   If you are planning to be out touring, please check for updates.)

            The guidelines for processing visas to tour the Kingdom as promulgated on 27 October - and put into effect on 01 November, remain unchanged, and are republished below:
         The Certificate of Entry (COE) previously required by the Thai Government ( - which was issued by your nearest Thai Embassy or Consulate - has been replaced by a shortened checklist shown below as of the beginning of November 2021 :


*   Travellers from eligible countries / territories only.   (See below listing.)

*   Exempted from quarantine after testing negative for COVID-19 (RT-PCR) after arrival in Thailand.

*   Travel from a port of departure in eligible country / territory and have stayed in eligible countries / territories for at least 21 consecutive days.

               (Check for any updates to the list of eligible countries / territories at the time you plan to travel').

*   Fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no less than 14 days before travelling.

*   Obtain a negative COVID-19 test result (RT-PCR), issued within 72 hours before travelling.

*   Documents:

      *   Passport

      *   Thai Visa

      *   Certificate of Vaccination

      *   Paid AQ / SHA+ hotel reservation confirmation (for the duration of 1 day and including the fee for one RT-PCR test)

      *   Insurance with minimum coverage of 50,000 USD

Eligible Countries Listing Remains Unchanged

      Note: The 'normal' procedure for the "Thailand Pass" (Test & Go) in use previously has been suspended : Expats arriving in Thailand with documents (discussed above) in order, to include Non-Immigrant-O visas for Retirement are required to quarantine at a government approved hotel at their own expense, and obtain Covid insurance, which costs from Baht 3,000 for the duration of the visa.   A test for Covid is still required on arrival, and once again prior to leaving quarantine.

         Thailand experienced a continuing linear reduction of new cases during the first part of December 2021.   However we have seen a rise (only slightly to date) due to the Omicron Strain of the Coronavirus and the Holiday Season at the end of the month and the beginning of January 2022.   It has been predicted (by those in authority who are usually wrong) that the new strain will plateau in the near future, providing once again, lower numbers into February 2022.   This is a "Wait-And-See" item; we will continue to monitor and report.
               In summation :
         Thailand (as with the rest of the globe) can expect a new Covid variant every 2 or 3 months - it is not a reasonable assumption that the Omicron variant will be the last.   While each new variant must be monitored, a reversion to failed Lockdown Policies should be resolutely avoided.   It has long been statistically evident that lockdowns don't work; further, eventually all lockdowns will have to end, and every country will have to pay the piper (and those individuals who have been vaccinated will pay less).   If we are to evaluate the effect of the current Omicron variant -to date-, we can legitimately say that it is rapidly spreading herd immunity faster than other variants or vaccines - in spite of the lockdowns, due to it's being highly contageous while almost always having only mild symptoms.   This fact needs to be taken into consideration when those in Authority are managing the virus through unnecessarily restricting international travel, imposing unnecessary insurance requirements, and restricting some safer types of entertainment.

         Anti-Vaxers take note : (A repeat from last month's issue) - this is not about politics or your personal right to choose - if you are planning to travel to Thailand, to enjoy its resurgent Nightlife, you will need to be immunized.   Currently, masks are worn outdoors and on public transportation and in public buildings and stores and shops.   Hand sanitation gels / alcohol sprays are used when entering public buildings, transportation and shops.   Masks are not worn once seated in restaurants.   'Social distancing' is technically observed, however at a practical level, it cannot be implemented - examples: on busses, in crowded supermarkets, etc.


January's Thai Smile remains...

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   READER :     Sirs,
      Did I already send the below to you?   It dawns on me that the Omicron strain of Coronavirus is actually the best vaccine.   It has, across the board - mild side effects, it kills less people than the current vaccines have killed, the acquired immunity is better, it propagates faster than vaccines can be administered, and hastens-herd immunity globally. ....
      There is, so far, no substantial evidence to the contrary in what you are saying.   It appears much of the world continues to believe that hiding from the Virus (lockdowns) is the way out of the Pandemic, whereas, in fact, herd immunity is the only way.   We can reasonably expect to get a new variant every 2 to 3 months, we can't continue to perpetuate this new Dark Age by working ourselves up into a tizzy with every new variant that comes along.   Proven medical / epidemiological management protocols (rather than useless lockdowns) are the only acceptable way forward.
   READER :  
      ....The Chez Eve bar that was on New Road in the 1950s and is said to have inspired the Bamboo Bar at the Oriental, I have tracked down that picture of it from 1956 and I am attaching it herewith.   The sign is visible on the right of the picture. ...   Some additional information on the Chez Eve appeared in the interview in the Big Chilli (by Maxmilian Wechsler), where it is also named as the 'Champagne Room' : "I also used to go (1958-1959) to the Champagne Room nightclub (Chez Eve Club) at the corner of Suriwongse Road and New Road." - Narinder Sachdev
   ('Italics' above added for purposes of attribution.)

            The Chez Eve Club - another serendipitous find !   Not only is it a rare photo in it's own right, but it turns back the clock on when New Road sported Night Entertainment Venues.   A great boost to our project on documenting the New Road Night Entertainment Area (mentioned in earlier issues).   This gives us at Midnite Hour more homework - a lot more...   By 1964 the Champagne Room had moved a couple of doors down - into Customs House Lane - becoming the 'New' Champagne Room.   (We hope to confirm the details on these two Venues in the near future.)   Many thanks - a true gem from the past.
   READER :  
      Hi Guys,
      I was wondering if I could ask you a couple of questions about your post related to Maurice Rocco?   I am researching his life, and would love to chat.
      My knowledge of the Maurice Rocco story is most superficial, having come from Internet sources, and a few newspaper clippings advertising his performing at the Oriental Hotel's Bamboo Bar.   After attempting to assimilate as much as the Internet currently has on him, I distilled it into a brief thumbnail that appeared on my website with the ad (see photo above).   Regretfully, I won't be able to add anything more than that.   Should I find additional information on him or his case in old newspaper / magazine clippings, I will forward to you.
Thanks for reading and for writing in.
Don't hesitate to send your questions and comments - always welcome.
Note: Text may be edited for brevity and/ or clarity.
'Reader's Corner' moderator -

'Boge' Hartman
Historical Research
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Let the Follies begin-

    Vol. XXXI      No. 01
                           Bangkok,  01 January 2022                         
   Free Distribution

            Patpong 1 Road is the last of Bangkok's expat Night Entertainment Areas to show signs of reopening.   Once upon a time, it was the epicenter of Night Entertainment on this planet, however, due to succeeding waves of Coronavirus sweeping the globe, it had been closed down, reopened and then closed again - many establishments having permanently gone out of business.   This month the King's Group has reopened the King's Castle (if only for outside serving).   They are preparing to likewise reopen the King's Castle 1 and the King's Castle 2.   The Group has also reopened the Tip Top restaurant - which is now functioning as an outdoor (kerbside) bar beer - replete with their own 'Happy Hour'.

            Top : The King's Castle is now serving kerbside - suds available.   Below : The King's Castke 1 & King's Castle 2 (lights on) are also preparing to reopen...   Wish them bonne chance in these trying times...


            Venues open December 2021 through 1 January 2022 :
         *    King's Castle - OPEN

         *    Tip Top - OPEN

         *    Shenanigans - REMAINS OPEN - (facing Suriwong Road)

         *   Unnamed massage parlor - (Last known name: "Thai Lady".)   - REMAINS OPEN - Upstairs above Thigh Bar

             The unique upstairs Black Pagoda has quietly reopened, and the regulars are trickling back in.    Let the good times roll...   Should you be visiting, you may also want to stop by at the 2nd level Patpong Museum, now also open.

            Venues in transition December 2021 through 1 January 2022 : We note a large number of Night Entertainment Venues have reopened, many (such as A Go-Go bars) only partially so, awaiting further Governmental approval to fully open.   
         *    Bada Bing - REOPEN

         *    Patpong Cafe - REOPEN

         *    Black Pagoda - REOPEN

         *    Patpong Museum - REOPEN

         *    Dream Boy Bangkok - REMAINS OPEN

         *    M Nine Bar Lounge Karaoke - REOPEN - Up on the ramp.

         *    Qeen 501 Studio Bar - REOPEN - Up on the ramp.

         *    Swing Club - REOPEN - Up on the ramp.

         *    Hotmale - REOPEN - Up on the ramp.

         *    The World (Linda's Place) - REOPEN - Up on the ramp.

         *    Three Ladys Cocktail Lounge - REOPEN - Up on the ramp.

         *    Fresh Boys - REOPEN - Up on the ramp.

         *    Bar Bar Fetish - REOPEN

         *    Triple XXX Lounge - REMAINS OPEN

         *    Crown Royal - REOPEN

         *    Vinai's Bar - REOPEN

         *    Tavern Three Saloon - REOPEN

         *    Top Light Bar - REOPEN

         *    Old Other Office Bar - REOPEN

         *    Pinocchio's Club - REOPEN

         *    69 Bar - REOPEN

         *    Pink Panther A Go-Go & Outdoor Bar Beer - REOPEN

         *    V.L. Gallery Beer Bar - REOPEN - On the Island

         *    Hotmale Bar Beer - REMAINS OPEN - On the Island

         *    Chicken Devine - REOPEN - On the Island

         *    An unnamed beer bar - CLOSED - REMOVED ...of long-standing, next to The Strip Bangkok

            Soi Cowboy is slowly rising from the crypt - a number of Nitespots have opened their outside verandahs to full service (and in many cases, out into the Soi).   See full listing, below.   Inside service and A Go-Go are still proscribed, however.   Exceptions to the rule - Five Star, the Oasis, Sam's 2000 and Spritz, which are open inside & outside.   It remains to be seen how "open" the Soi remains after the New Year's Celebrations, however the below clips capture some of the building New Year's Eve frenzy -

            Below (top) the Crazy House and sister bar Kazy Kozy blocked off the Soi 23 end of Soi Cowboy for a New Year's bash block party.   Time to Rock 'n Roll...   Below (lower) - a stretch of Soi Cowboy already fully operational.   (Filmed 31 December 2021 / 21:45 hours.)


             We saved 'the kicker' for last....   On New Year's Eve, entrance into Soi Cowboy required an ATK test - and if you didn't have evidence of a current test (less than 72 hours) you were required to take the test there on premises - prior to entry.   Professional nurses administered the tests on the spot (after you purchased the Baht 120 test kit - also on premises).   Well worth the money - just to witness life being breathed back into 'The 'Boy'.   ATK test stations were found at the entrances on both Asoke and Soi 23.   The kicker to the kicker is the tests were taken orally (saliva) rather than nasally (!?.)   It remains to be seen if such testing prior to entrance will become 'policy'...


            Venues opening this last month on Soi Cowboy, on or before 1 January 2022 :
         *   Crazy House & Kazy Kozy - REOPENED - Outdoor beer garden, temporary.

         *   Spritz - REOPENED

         *   Moonshine Joint - REOPENED - Outside only.

         *   Jungle Jim's - REOPENED - Outside only.

         *   Suzie Wong Bar - REOPENED - Outside only. [iejreij


         *   Penny Black - REOPENED - Outside only.

         *   Country Road - REOPENED - Outside only.

         *   Five Star - REOPENED - Inside and Outside

         *   Tilac Bar - REOPENED - Outside only.

         *   Sam's 2000 Pub & Restaurant - REOPENED - Inside and Outside

         *   Bacarra - REOPENED - Outside only.

         *   @ Corner (King's Bar) - REOPENED

              The Government's concession to the Entertainment Industry over the New Year's regarding opening hours and temporary serving of alcoholic beverages has seen a number of Nitespots in Nana Plaza Night Entertainment Area reopen, partially or fully (see new list of recently reopened bars below).   The big surprise is the reopening of the Erotica (photo below).

              The Erotica has, after a long Covid-wait, opened in the Playskool digs on the ground level.   As with most of the other bars, they are serving only outside on their verandah - at least for the short term.   Erotica was previously located on the 2nd / 3rd level, but was taken over by Taxi Bar in September 2020.   (The Taxi- now still Covid-closed.)   Welcome Erotica back to the machine...

            Venues in Nana Plaza that have reopened in December 2021, or on 1 January 2022.
         *   Big Dogs - REOPENED

         *   Nana Beer Garden - REOPENED

         *   Lucky Lukes - REOPENED

         *   Witchcraft - REOPENED

         *   Erotica - NEW - (Ex: Playskool) - Outside only

         *   Obsession - - REOPENED - Outdoor beer bar only.

         *   New Lollipop - REOPENED - Outside only.

   **  Remaining OPEN since last month: Morning Night, the Stumble Inn, the Kick Off, and Twister BKK - (which absorbed Shooter Bar)..



               The No Name Bar (yes, that's the name of the bar), a quiet, dimly illuminated bar beer in Sub-soi Big Mango, has reopened - and seems to be up and running as usual (whatever 'usual' means, anymore).

            Venues that reopened December 2021 through 1 January 2022.   The several Nitespots - reported OPEN last month - remain open this month.
         *   No Name Bar - REOPENED

         *   InLove - REOPENED - upstairs Indian lounge in Nana Hotel compound.

         *   Golden Bar - REOPENED - In Nana Hotel compound.

            Going by the number of bars now open in Soi Katoey, it would be appropriate to say the Soi is now fully open (as, historically, there are usually one or two bars closed during any given month.)   Judging by the level of activity, the Soi's regulars have returned...
 SOI  KATOEY (Silom  Soi  4)

            Venues that have transitioned in December 2021 through 1 January 2022.
         *   Banana Room Club - REOPENED

         *   The Stranger - REOPENED

         *   Jupiter 2018 - REOPENED

         *   Jupiter (annex) - REOPENED

         *   4 Sport's - REOPENED

         *   Sugar Bowl - REOPENED

         *   Hugs Bar-Karaoke - REOPENED
 SOI  KATOEY (Silom  Soi  4)

 SOI  22  
            The B 52 New Cowboy has reopened.   It had reclosed temporarily during the 3rd Wave of Coronavirus, even though it apparently has a 'restaurant' license.
 SOI  22  

            Venues in transition December 2021 through 1 January 2022.   Nitespots reported OPEN last month remain open.   Those bars closed for New Years this survey will be annotated next month's issue.
         *   Flower Cafe - RECLOSED -Soi Starlight -

         *   J Smile Massage - RECLOSED

         *   Keep In Touch - RECLOSED -Soi Starlight -

         *   Hangover - REOPEN

         *   Singh Bar - RECLOSED

         *   (A new massage parlor - no sign) - NEW

         *   Nice Massage - RECLOSED -

         *   Fah Massage & Nail - RECLOSED

         *   Hang Out Bar Beer - REOPENED - Soi Lemongrass

         *   New Yorker Cafe & Cocktail - REOPENED - Soi Lemongrass

         *   Hip Bangkok Massage - CLOSED & GONE

         *   Nadia Bar - RECLOSED - (No sign)

         *   Triple Chill - REOPENED

         *   (A bar beer - 'Internet") - REOPENED

         *   Too Easy - REOPEN - Soi Titanium

         *   Double Chill - REOPEN - (No sign) - Soi Titanium

         *   Squeeze Inn - RECLOSED
- Soi Titanium

         *   Siri Massage - REOPENED

         *   Wine Depot - RECLOSED

 SOI  22  

            The Havana Social reopened, a queue of expats awaiting entrance when we passed by.   Perhaps that was because they were ATK testing for Coronavirus.   Welcome them back to the nightgames.
 SOI  AMBASSADOR  (Sukhumvit Soi 11) 

            Venues that transitioned from December 2021 through 1 January 2022.   Other venues previously reported as OPEN remain open.
         *   P.P. Massage & Ya Dong Bar beer - REOPENED - Sub-Soi Havana Social

         *   Oskar Bistro - RECLOSED

         *   Above Eleven - REOPEN - In Frazier Apartments
 SOI  AMBASSADOR  (Sukhumvit Soi 11) 

  SOI  7  PLAZA  
(And the Soi 7 Bier Garten)
             The We For You bar is one of eleven new Night Entertainment Venues to be found in Soi 7 Plaza since we last published (last month).  (!!)   We For You occupy part of what previously was the Lucky Bar.   Welcome to these neon sois...
 SOI  7

             Likewise, the new Twister 7 has opened in what was (a part of) the Together bar.   This is most likely related to Twister BKK in Nana Plaza - we shall reconfirm before we chisel it in stone, however...   Welcome them to this vale of tears...
 SOI  7

             'Big B' herself, once helmed the seminal Long Shots when it first opened in November 2019.   She soon moved on, opening her own Big B's Bar a couple of stalls down.   It later expanded to include a small attached 'karaoke' room.   During the height of the Third Wave Coronavirus panic, she gave up her claim to Soi 7 Plaza real estate, only to almost immediately reopen where she now holds court.   This last month, she opened (in addition to her regular digs reopened the month before) the Big B's Bar & Karaoke in the now-defunct Vietnamese restaurant.   (See both locations on the map.)   Don't you know what the night can do ?....
 SOI  7

            The Soi 7 Plaza is expanding rapidly while other Night Entertainment Areas are trying just to hold on to as much as they can.   The only way to adequately communicate the rapid changes in this Nitespot Area is to continue to update their map.   By the time you read this, there will be 32 Venues open for business, and more on the way...   The below map survey was on 31 December 2021 / 01 January 2022.   We also include the description of changes below.

            Soi 7 Plaza Venues that transitioned on, or before 1 January 2022
         *   Lucky Bar

         *   Aurora - (Was open only 1 month - a Wait & See item.)

         *   Grand Classic - (Original part only, other part remains open.) - Taken over by 789.

         *   Sky Bar - Was part of Lucky Bar.

         *   Chill Up 2 - Was part of Lucky Bar.

         *   (Bar w/ no sign) - Was part of Lucky Bar.

         *   We For You - Was part of Lucky Bar.

         *   Corner 7 - Was part of old Our Place

         *   Cindy's Bar - Was part of old Our Place

         *   Full Moon - Was part of old Our Place

         *   Boss - Was part of old Our Place

         *   Twister - Was part of old Together

         *   Big B's Bar & Karaoke - Was the Vietnamese Restaurant 'Phu Quoc Famous' - (The original Big B's Bar remains open at last month's location.)

         *   Zico

         *   Moonshine - Expanded into old Day & Nice.

         *   Day & Nice - Moved to the back.

         *   789 (Ida 789) - Moved to part of Grand Classic.


            Last month, Soi Dead Artists (Sukhumvit Soi 33) was showing signs of reopening, however many of those Nightspots were closed on our 01 January 2022 survey.   It is likely many of those Venues were closed due to the New Year's Day holiday.   Those venues that we find to have reopened on our upcoming 01 February survey will so be annotated.   The only exceptions were the previously Covid-closed Ikuiku 1919 Bangkok,, and the faux S&M Demonia, both of which have reopened.   Welcome them back to the puzzle factory.
 SOI  DEAD  ARTIST  (Sukhumvit Soi 33) 

            Venues transitioning December 2021 through 1 January 2022 :
         *   Dozo - CLOSED - S 33 Compact Hotel

         *   666 Class - CLOSED

         *   So Ra Japanese Karaone - CLOSED & Gone - Sub-soi 4

         *   Fortune Club Girls Bar & Massage - CLOSED

         *   Demonia - REOPEN

         *   Thanks Massage - CLOSED - Soi Pan Pan

         *   Star Japanese Snack Bar - CLOSED - Soi Pan Pan

         *   Propaganda - CLOSED - Soi Pan Pan
 SOI  DEAD  ARTISTS  (Soi 33 Sukhumvit)

            The long-standing Magic Table has reopened.   Welcome back to the shark pool.
 SOI  EDEN  (Sukhumvit 7 / 1) 

            The New Bar Pool & Bar has opened newly in the long-closed Tarnthip Massage & Spa.   May they be dealt only aces and faces.
 SOI  EDEN  (Sukhumvit 7 / 1) 

            Soi Eden's seminal venue, The Eden Club specialty massage, long closed due to the Coronavirus, has gone the way of the Enantiornis.   Historians note...
 SOI  EDEN  (Sukhumvit 7 / 1) 

            Venues in transition December 2021 through 01 January.   Those venues shown as OPEN last month remain open.
         *   Good Time Massage - ABSORBED the unnamed bar beer next door, will be a beer bar.

         *   (Unnamed bar beer) - NEW - Ex: Kawinya Massage

         *   The New Bar Pool & Bar - NEW - Ex: Covid-closed Tarnthip Massage.

         *   Plame Relax Massage - CLOSED & Gone

         *   The Eden Club - CLOSED - Long-closed, Soi Eden's seminal bar is gone for good.

         *   Magic Table - REOPEN

         *   Sweetheart Bar - REOPEN
 SOI  EDEN  (Sukhumvit 7 / 1) 


Traces of Bangkok's Early Years
      This month Midnite Hour covers a few of the 'big name' Night Entertainment Venues from February 1965 - plus a couple of places of special interest - those that tend to leave behind 'historical footnotes'...

      In February 1965 the Star Light Nightclub brought in another change in entertainment, this time Helen Harris from the U.S.A.   However, there is no indication of the type of entertainment...   The Star Light was a 'big player' in the New Road Night Entertainment Area in the '60's & early '70's.
      Restaurateur Dolf Riks had a regular gig at the Nipa Hut preparing his popular "Rijstaffel" (Indonesian 'rice table'), but still managed to get over to Gaysorn Night Entertainment Area to throw together a Rijstaffel for the Domino.   The Domino had a wide menu, long operating hours - and specifically welcoming waitresses...

      February '65 also saw a changing of the (entertainment) guard at Sani Chateau - a new batch of entertainers from abroad (although we are not so sure where the Limbo Ettes came from...).      Located in the Gaysorn Night Entertainment Area.

-A 'Golfer's Weekend' in 1965...
      For those who liked a 'night out on the town', just not THIS town, there were a number of places within a couple hours' drive where a discreet evening (or weekend) could be enjoyed - to include the Saeng Thai Villa in Saraburi.   Of course, this was not much different than today, but in 1965, it was most unusual to see such venues advertised in the daily newspapers....

      The Holiday On Ice 1965 was not a "Nightlife Venue' in the traditional sense, however is worthy of mention as it was a major night time attraction in Bangkok for January - February 1965.   Cinebuff historians take note: their included map locates some of the grand old theaters (King's, Queen's, Chalerm Krung - now no longer operating).

      The Amarin Barber Salon was one of many such venues where 'massage' was available, much as with today's single-shophouse massage parlors that provide the gamut of services...   Aimed at the day-time crowd - note the hours of operation.

With thanks to Cool



With thanks to Cool Text

Bangkok Eyes goes back in time to see
Who was New - And Who was Through
in the Expat Night Entertainment World
How many of these old 'Oases'
Do you remember ?

Patpong 1
January 2002

   *  The 'Traditional Massage',  3rd level above Thigh Bar closed.   No Nitespot currently at that location..

(Total Nitespots that month: 31 )

Patpong 2
January 2002

   *  The Eden Garden Kama Sutra re-opened -again.   Currently Dream Boy Bangkok occupies that space.

(Total Nitespots that month: 57 )

Soi Cowboy
January 2002

   *  The soon-to-be Soi Cowboy branch of Dollhouse continues with renovations....

(Total Nitespots that month: 33 )

Cowboy Annex
(Asoke Corner + Asoke Plaza)
[ ~June 1998  to  04 February 2005 ]
January 2002

   * "Choke Dee" - CLOSED   It was located at the side fence - 'Plaza side'.

   * Flipper Bar - CLOSED   It was also located at the side fence - 'Plaza side'.

   *In 'Lolita's Corner' (in the Asoke Corner side) The Run Amok Bar opened. NEW

   *  The Oraphin CLOSED - Renovating. - Left side, Asoke Corner side

   * Night Eyes Karaoke - NEW - Left side, Asoke Corner side.

(Total Nitespots that month: 43 )

Nana Plaza
January 2002

   *  The Angel Witch and the Angel Witch Beer Bar - CLOSED - temporarily.   They are currently Covid-closed again, but remain at that location.

(Total Nitespots that month: 40 )

Soi Katoey
( Silom Soi 4 )
January 2002

  *  Home Bangkok - OPENED  on 2nd level in the Hyper digs - CLOSED.   Currently home to Hugs.

  *  The Den - NEW   Currently home to the Covid-closed Welcome Bar.

(Total Nitespots that month: 10 )

Soi Dead Artists
( Sukhumvit Soi 33 )
January 2002

  *  The Phoenix Lounge (Blue Power Shaft) - CLOSED.   Located in what is now S-33 Compact Hotel.   The Covid-closed Sapporo currently occupies that location.

(Total Nitespots that month: 33 )

Buckskin Joe Village
(~ December 1988  to  9 June 2006)
(Also called 'Tobacco Road',  'Soi Rot Fai',  'The Tracks',  'Soi Zero' & 'Machim' [Thai] )
January 2002

       *    - No changes that month, year.

(Total Nitespots that month: 16 )

Washington Square
(~ April 1999  to  April 2014)
January 2002

   *       - No changes that month, year.

(Total Nitespots that month: 18 )

Clinton Plaza
(Originally ''Entertainment Plaza'')
[ ~February 1999  to  June 2003 ]

January 2002

      *   The White House A Go-Go REOPENED. - Located at rear of main building.

(Total Nitespots that month: 18 )

''13 Night Market'' Entertainment Area
(Originally 'Old Thermae Compound')
[ April 2000 - March 2005 ] 

January 2002

      *  All Nitespots - CLOSED during renovations.

(Total Nitespots that month: 0 )


Once Upon
A Time

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But is it ....ART ?

Check out Bangkok's dedicated page at "BKK" <link>


             Nguyen Tan Luc has been a 'street artist' / graffiti artist in and around Saigon for the last ten years.   Much of his work is done as murals, that is to say, sanctioned (and not 'graffiti' per se)   He has undertaken and provided support for many causes over those years, to include Aids awareness.   He and his crew of fellow graff artists hope that through their works they will change the perception of street art / graffiti, and that the population will have a more open-minded view about graffiti.

      We note that in Viet Nam, as well as elsewhere, the movement to 'gentrify' graffiti is pursued through attempts to 'blur the lines' - graffiti is now most often referred to as 'street art'.   Likewise those doing the spray-painting are referred to as street 'artists' - with the emphasis on 'artist'.   Their works are referred to as 'murals', while the 'artists' themselves are often 'contracted' to do public works or legitimate advertising - in addition to any actual graffiti they might be throwing up.
      The Media are also complicit in this 'graffiti gentrification' process; while making sure to refer to the graffiti artists as 'street artists', they, at the same time, throw the word 'graffiti' into their presentations to comingle the legitimate with negative perceptions associated with graffiti -and, of course, to maintain 'edginess'.   These Media presentations are careful to emphasize words such as 'beautification' and 'community'.
      -'That which we call a rose By any other name...'

      Nguyen Tan Luc's story has been carried in various Vietnamese media, to include Urbanist Vietnam and Saigoneer.   A link to the full article as found in the Saigoneer can be found here <link>.

      Below is a selection of photos from the Saigoneer article.

With thanks to Cool

Graffiti #1305
Home Study
6 ft high x 6 ft

Graffiti #1306
Learn To Code
8 ft high x 12 ft

Graffiti #1307
8 ft high x 7 ft

Graffiti #1308
Old Spicers
8 ft high x 25 ft

Graffiti #1309
Popsicle Band
6 ft high x 17 ft

Graffiti #1310
6 ft high x 7 ft

Graffiti #1311
6 ft high x 13 ft

Bangkok Eyes is an historically based news outlet, and as such, all graphic excerpts herein are considered, under current legal precedents and
prevailing interpretations, 'Fair Use' under Copyright Law.   Copyright of any original artwork resides exclusively with the artists.

Bangkok's original site !

SINCE  2005

Graffiti Page is prepared by Staff Contributor "Boge" Hartman.

(Boge's photo, above, is not a graffiti per-se, although there are those who have insinuated....
- Ed)

--- Datzit Fernow

William R. Morledge


"The Archives" - All Our Back Issues Here

- 2022 -
01 JAN -   Omicron - a "Big Deal" ?
- 2021 -
01 JAN -   Covid surges - Nitespots hit
01 FEB -    CoV-19 Vaccine Delay - Bars in Tatters
01 MAR -   CoV-19 Vaccine here - Bars reopen
01 APR -    Covid stable - Travel eases
01 MAY -    Covid 3rd Wave bashes Nitelife
01 JUN -    Nightlife Dark Ages Continue
01 JUL -    Covid Worsens - Lockdown widens
01 AUG -    Covid-19 Skyrockets - Blanket Testing
01 SEP -    Covid-19 Cases down - Nitelife ailing...
01 OCT -    Covid Cases Down 60%
01 NOV -    Covid Eases, Hopes Rise
01 DEC -    Covid Eases Again - Nitelife Restarts

- 2020 -
01 JAN -   Soi 7 "On The Map"
01 FEB -   Soi 33's Dead Artists - RIP
01 MAR -    Queen's Park Plaza gone
01 APR -    Coronavirus Crunch
01 MAY -    Coronavirus Ebbs
01 JUN -    Coronavirus is killing bars
01 JUL -    Coronavirus now rare
01 AUG -    Thais curb Coronavirus
01 SEP -    Covid blockade foils 2nd Wave
01 OCT -    Coronavirus vs Coronaphobia
01 NOV -    Trink Passes On
01 DEC -    Soi 8 Survives
- 2019 -
01 JAN -   Soi 71 + "W District"
01 FEB -    Back to Soi 26
01 MAR -   Soi 1 & Soi 3
01 APR -    Mizu's of Patpong
01 MAY -    Mississippi Twins
01 JUN -    Gay Patpong ? -Twilight Gone
01 JUL -    Bars - 50 Years On
01 AUG -    Soi 8 Reviste
01 SEP -    Copyright & the 'Net
01 OCT -    Historic Honolulu - Chinatown
01 NOV -    The Patpong Museum
01 DEC -    Queen's Park Fades - Soi 7 Opens

- 2018 -
01 JAN -   The Pub Crawl
01 FEB -   Bobby Passes On
01 MAR -    Nana - The Plaza - The Soi
01 APR -    Soi Dead Artists - Downsizing?
01 MAY -    Soi's 5, 7, 7/1 Eden
01 JUN -    Soi 24 - Going Nowhere
01 JUL -    Street Bars - They're Back
01 AUG -    Udorn in the 60's & 70's
01 SEP -    Potpourri - Odds 'N Ends
01 OCT -    Khao San + Rambutri Rds.
01 NOV -    Night Market Sri Nakarin
01 DEC -    Soi 23 - Running Hot
- 2017 -
01 JAN -   Soi 22 - the Survivor
01 FEB -    Hua Hin Nights
01 MAR -   Hooking-Up
01 APR -    Soi Than Tawan
01 MAY -    Our Saloon-Count Surveys
01 JUN -    Soi Bua Khao
01 JUL -    Soi 8 - Work In Progress
01 AUG -    NO PHOTO (more or less)
01 SEP -    Stickman Calls 'Time'
01 OCT -    Sweet Black Angel
01 NOV -    Thai King At Rest
01 DEC -    The Dark Arts

- 2016 -
01 JAN -   Railway Bazaar
01 FEB -   Sukhumvit Square Justice
01 MAR -    Paint the Neon Night
01 APR -    Udom Suk Reviste
01 MAY -    Soi Thaniya
01 JUN -    Soi Thonglor Re-up
01 JUL -    Massage Parlor Row
01 AUG -    Check Inn 99
01 SEP -    Pattaya A Go-Go
01 OCT -    Bangkok's Nitelife Maps
01 NOV -    Nitespot Demographics
01 DEC -    Pattaya's Soi 6

- 2015 -
01 JAN -    A Go-Go Bar Ratings
01 FEB -    Are Cops Gouging Nitelifers?
01 MAR -   Bad Company
01 APR -    LK Metro - Pattaya
01 MAY -    Soi 33 goes East
01 JUN -    Rachada Fades
01 JUL -    Freelancers
01 AUG -    Nana Plaza Map 2015
01 SEP -    Soi Nana Map 2015
01 OCT -    Walking Street - Pattaya
01 NOV -    Rachada - The Giant
01 DEC -    A Go-Go's Story

- 2014 -
01 JAN -   Bangkok's Got The Blues
01 FEB -   Soi 26 - Stayin' Alive
01 MAR -    Nightscene rues Mob
01 APR -    My Friend owns a Bar...
01 MAY -    Soi's 3, 5 and 7
01 JUN -    Curfew's Costly Cut
01 JUL -    Soi 13 Makes It's Move
01 AUG -    Pattaya Does The Twist
01 SEP -    Soi's 18 & 20 - Quieter is Better
01 OCT -    Soi's 10 & 14 - Lesser known Sois
01 NOV -    A Good Old Boy...
01 DEC -    Lang Suan & Sarasin

- 2013 -
01 JAN -    Not Fade Away - The Survivors
01 FEB -    Rare Old Photos
01 MAR -   Copa Reprise
01 APR -    Arise, Soi 22
01 MAY -    Where to Next ?
01 JUN -    Bangkok Noir
01 JUL -    MAPS - The Major Update
01 AUG -    Lamai Lamai Lamai
01 SEP -    Tim 'Wanchai' Young
01 OCT -    Soi Wall Street
01 NOV -    Little Thonglor - Soi 11
01 DEC -    Mississippi Queen

- 2012 -
01 JAN -    Mama-San
01 FEB -    Our 10th Anniversary Issue !
01 MAR -    How Gay Nana ?
01 APR -    Sukhumvit' Soi 23 - The Big Picture
01 MAY -    Khao San Road - Unique Bazaar
01 JUN -    Ekamai - It Used To Be Too Far
01 JUL -    Nightlife Pioneers
01 AUG -    The New Puritans
01 SEP -    Nana - On It's Own
01 OCT -    FAIL - War on Nitespot Drugs
01 NOV -    Patpong Unbroken
01 DEC -    Drugs & the Nightscene in History
- 2011 -
01 JAN -    Patpong's 'Glory Days'
01 FEB -    Nightlife In A Digital Age
01 MAR -    Co-Co Walk Plaza
01 APR -    Soi 33 Marches On
01 MAY -    Nightlife Permissiveness
01 JUN -    Ghosts of Nitelife Past
01 JUL -    STATE - The Cinema, Soi & Area
01 AUG -    Soi Darling
01 SEP -    Sri Nakarin South
01 OCT -    Soi 8 Reprise
01 NOV -    Floodless in Bangkok
01 DEC -    Soi Udomsuk

- 2010 -
01 JAN -    Street Bars II - The Triple-Dip
01 FEB -    Our Kind Of Art - II    - Chris Coles
01 MAR -    The Dead Artist Bars - Soi 33
01 APR -    "Soi Ginza" - Thaniya Road
01 MAY -    Night Scene Blues (Red Shirts 1)
01 JUN -    Nitespots Recover Slowly (Reds 2)
01 JUL -    World Cup Special
01 AUG -    Those Old Photos
01 SEP -    The German Invasion
01 OCT -    Racism & Prejudice
01 NOV -    Soi 11 Revisited
01 DEC -    Soi 22 Updater

- 2009 -
01 JAN -    The Santika Fire
01 FEB -    Salt & Pepper
01 MAR -    Nana Plaza - Update & Maps
01 APR -    Soi Nana Update
01 MAY -    The Nightscene & The Riots
01 JUN -    "19" Re-Focus
01 JUL -    Rain Dogs - The Underground
01 AUG -    Soi Thonglor - A bridge-too-far
01 SEP -    Ban Chang - Our Little Secret
01 OCT -    The "Ginza Effect'
01 NOV -    Royal City Avenue (RCA)
01 DEC -    Sutthisan & The Inthamara's

- 2008 -
01 JAN -    2007 - Looking Back
01 FEB -    Owning A Bar
01 MAR -    Expat's Bangkok
01 APR -    Nude Dancing
01 MAY -    After Midnite
01 JUN -    Night Scene In Flux
01 JUL -    Our Kind Of Art
01 AUG -    Trendy Plaza Reprise
01 SEP -    The Elephants Are ....Back
01 OCT -    Grand Prix Intro
01 NOV -    Grand Prix - Rick's Story
01 DEC -    "Old Bangkok Hand"

- 2007 -
01 JAN -    Bombs Blast Bangkok
01 FEB -    Bangkok's Nightscene Websites
01 MAR -    Prasitipol Dance Bar To Fall
01 APR -    Soi 5 Neon Review
01 MAY -    A Go-Go Bangkok
01 JUN -    Arise ! Soi 11
01 JUL -    Anatomy Of A Bar Area
01 AUG -    Soi 26 - Too Far ?
01 SEP -    Chuwit Guilty
01 OCT -    Daytime Nana Plaza
01 NOV -    Cowboy - All Of It
01 DEC -    Another Nitespot Area Falls

- 2006 -
01 JAN -    Pattaya Ascending
01 FEB -    A Go-Go Then & Now
01 MAR -    ' Madrid '
01 APR -    White Heat
01 MAY -    Politics & Nightlife
01 JUN -    Fagin's Bratpack
01 JUL -    King Bhumibol's 60th Anniversary
01 AUG -    Soi 10 - The Final Shaft
01 SEP -    Pattaya's Soi Bua Khow
01 OCT -    Rachada's Other Face
01 NOV -    Soi 22s Other Bars
01 DEC -    Soi Eden Goes A Go-Go

- 2005 -
01 JAN -    Asoke Plaza Crushed
01 FEB -    The 'Nana Scene'
01 MAR -    Asoke Plaza Smashed Again
01 APR -    Sukhumvit 1 Plaza 'Arrives'
01 MAY -    Welcome 'Soi Eden'
01 JUN -    Bangkok's Bareback Riders
01 JUL -    Soi 22 - A Macro View
01 AUG -    Nana's Slide
01 SEP -    Cowboy Street Scene
01 OCT -    The Pattaya Run
01 NOV -    Soi 19 In Focus
01 DEC -    Bad Girls

- 2004 -
01 JAN -    Bangkok's Darkest Year
01 FEB -    Where Is Trink ?
01 MAR -    Soi 33 Just Won't Stop
01 APR -    Cracks In The Crackdown
01 MAY -    In The Zone
01 JUN -    "Night-Scene Jumbos
01 JUL -    Easy Square 'On The Map'
01 AUG -    Soi 1 Entertainment Plaza
01 SEP -    Khlong Toey Revisited
01 OCT -    Koh Samui's Night Scene
01 NOV -    Soi 1 Opens
01 DEC -   The Bangkok Pub Scene

- 2003 -
01 JAN -    Cowboy Crackdown
01 FEB -    Sukhumvit Square Smashed
01 MAR -    Soi 10 Survivors
01 APR -    War & The Night Scene
01 MAY -    Entertainment Blues
01 JUN -    '13 Night Market' Reborn
01 JUL -    Clinton Plaza Falls
01 AUG -    Soi 24 Nightscene Review
01 SEP -    Does Soi Nana Measure Up?
01 OCT -    Patpong - Legend & Myth
01 NOV -    Easy Square 'Launched'
01 DEC -    Soi Cowboy Urine-Swoop

- 2002 -
01 FEB -    January: Big Changes In Bar Scene
09 JUN -    Sukhumvit Square 'Explosion'

20 JUN -    Soi 22's Queen's Park Plaza
01 JUL -    Clinton Plaza - Already Dead?
01 AUG -    Bar Beers Now "Major Players"
16 AUG -    July: Bar Beers Gaining Ground
01 SEP -    A Go-Gos A-building
17 SEP -    Virtual Bars
01 OCT -    A History In The Making
01 NOV -    Pool Bars Come Of Age
01 DEC -    November's Night Follies
15 DEC -    Genesis: Sukhumvit's Night Scene

01 JAN -    Seminal Survey -Paradisio Closes
- 2001 -

01 JAN -    Baccara opens in Cowboy
01 FEB -    Club Habanos Closes - PP1
01 MAR -    farang Connection Closes - Nana
01 APR -    Rock Hard BB Open - Clinton Pl.
01 MAY -    Las Vegas Opens - Cowboy
01 JUN -    'Wall Street' Opens - Soi 33
01 JUL -    Vixens Closes - Nana
01 AUG -    6 A Go-Go's Shut - Clinton Pl.
01 SEP -    Pussy Collection Opens - PP1
01 OCT -    Girl Friend Closes - PP1
01 NOV -    Rainbow III Opens - Nana
01 DEC -    White House Reopens - Clinton Pl.

- 2000 -

JAN -    'Cowboy Annex' Starts Up
FEB -    Agogo 2000 new at Nana
MAR -    Flowers - Clinton's 1st A Go-Go
APR -    Angel Witch new at Nana
MAY -    Dubliner now at Washington Sq
JUN -    Coco Loco opens at Clinton Pl.
JUL -    Bottoms Up new at Nana
AUG -    Crack House opens at Clinton Pl.
SEP -    Doll House / White House open at Clinton
OCT -    Rock Hard to open at Clinton Pl.
NOV -    Big Dogs opens at Nana
DEC -    Lolita opens in Cowboy Annex

- 1999 -

JAN -    Masquerade Closes @ Nana
FEB -    "Entertainment Plaza" Start-Up
MAR -    SuperStar is PP SuperBar !
APR -    Washington Square goes Critical
MAY-    New Klymaxx closes (Cowboy)
JUN -    'Wet Lips opens (Cowboy)
JUL -    Sam 2000 opens (Cowboy)
AUG -    Monica's opens (Clinton Plaza)
SEP -    Muzzik Cafe open on PP1
OCT -    No Probl'm now Cat's Meow
NOV -    Titty Twisters opens at Nana
DEC -    Londoner Brew Pub new on Soi 33
- 1998 -
JAN -    Nancy Bar opens on Floor 2, Nana
FEB -    Tabasco Charlies opens - (NEP)
MAR -    Cowboy 2 is a 'Pizzaria' - Soi Cowboy
APR -    New A Go Go Duck opens - Cowboy
MAY -    Raw Hide opens on Cowboy
JUN -    Para Disio opens - Floors 2 & 3 - NEP
JUL -    Patpong Cafe opens - PP2
AUG -    'Funny Girls' becomes 'Girlfriend' - PP1
SEP -    Masquerade opens on 3rd Floor - NEP
OCT -    Virgo opens on Cowboy
NOV -    Obsession, Beverly Hills, Red Lips open
DEC -    Lucifer Disko Tk opens atop Radio City

- 1997 -
JAN -    'Hot Rods' opens @ Nana
FEB -    Crazy Lady closes (Nana)
MAR -    3 Lounges closed - 'The Ramp'
APR -    Blue Sky Bar closes - PP1
MAY -    Crackdown at Nana
JUN -    Crystal Palace opens - PP2
JUL -    Limelight closes - PP1
AUG -    Rainbow II opens @ Nana
SEP -    Cowboy's Butterfly Gone
OCT -    Shadow drops Crazy Jack (Cowboy)
NOV -    Hollywood 2 now on 3rd Floor (NEP)
DEC -    Susies opens @ Buckskin Joe Village
- 1996 -
JAN -    Shooters opens on 3rd Floor (NEP)
FEB -    XTC Closes, then Reopens (NEP)
MAR -    Tapas back on line (Soi Katoey)
APR -    Long Gun expands (2X) [Cowboy]
MAY -    Apache reopens on 'The Boy'
JUN -    Pink Panther "upstairs" closes
JUL -    Iconic Mike's Place gone...
AUG -    Upstairs Touch Bar closes (PP1)
SEP -    Pharaoh opens in NEP carpark
OCT -    Spirit House opens in NEP
NOV -    Crazy Lady opens in NEP
DEC -    Long Gun 2 opens (now Rawhide)

- 1995 -
JAN -    PP1 Butterfly Closed
FEB -    Camelot Castle Opens
MAR -    NEPs Bubble Gum gone...
APR -    Tiny 'Imagine' Closed
MAY -    (Quietest month on record)
JUN -    NEPs Mon Cherie axed
JUL -    Play Skool opens (NEP)
AUG -    Opium Club new on The Ramp
SEP -    D.L Irish Pub (ex: Bamboo's)
OCT -    NEP 3rd Floor Opens
NOV -    Klymaxx 2 opens on Cowboy
DEC -    Chick's opens upstairs (PP1)
- 1994 -
- 1993 -
JAN -       -
FEB -       -
MAR -   Saloons - More Areas Added
APR -    Saloons -Adding "Nana"
MAY -    Red Diamond Closed
JUN -    Saloons - Tomatohead Closes
JUL -    Pretty Lady A Go Go
AUG -    Mars Party House closed
SEP -    Matterhorn & Star Pub
OCT -    Sawasdee Cocktail Lounge - New
NOV -    Thigh Bar name change
DEC -    Smile Club to open...
- 1990 -
JUN -   Buckskin Joe - Initial Survey

- 1989 -
01 JAN -    (Coming Soon)
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